“This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”
~Ephesians 3:6~

The error of Persia has ceased
For the stargazers, kings of the East,
Bring gifts to Christ the King of all at His birth:
Gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Bless Him, O children, and praise Him, O priests,
Exalt Him, O people, throughout the ages…

The Magi, kings of Persia,
Knew that You, the Heavenly King,
Were truly born on earth.
They came to Bethlehem
Led by the light of a star,
And offered their chosen gifts:
Gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Falling before You they worshipped,
For they saw You who are timeless
Lying as a babe in the cave.

Earth spreads out its wide spaces
And receives the Creator,
As He receives glory from angels
And the star from the heavens
Gifts from the Magi
And recognition from the whole world.

(From The Winter Pascha: Readings for the Christmas-Epiphany Season, by Thomas Hopko)

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